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The story of Philadelphia-based rock 'n' roll starmaker Bob Marcucci is given a pointed a clef treatment in The Idolmaker. Ray Sharkey plays Vincent Vacarri, who takes a couple of raw young kids (Peter Gallagher and Paul Land) and molds them into teen idols. If Gallagher and Land seem at times to be clones of Fabian and Frankie Avalon, then you've gotten the point. As played by Sharkey, Vacarri comes off as both maven and monster: he gives his boys everything they need professionally and everything they want personally, but it's subliminally clear that his interest is purely mercenary (incredibly, Bob Marcucci is the film's technical advisor). An excellent, clear-eyed view of show biz mechanics, The Idolmaker falters only in its anachronisms, notably the style of music performed by Vacarri's proteges. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ray Sharkey Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1980 Winner

Cast

Ray Sharkey
as Vincent Vacarri
Paul Land
as Tommy Dee
Olympia Dukakis
as Mrs. Vacarri
Peter Gallagher
as Caesare
Joe Pantoliano
as Gino Pilato
Maureen McCormick
as Ellen Fields
Tovah Feldshuh
as Brenda Roberts
John Aprea
as Paul Vacarri
Richard Bright
as Uncle Tony
Leonard Gaines
as Luchetti
Charles Guardino
as Jesse
Michael Mislove
as Ed Sharp
Penny Perry Davis
Kenneth O'Brien
as Walt Bennett
James Saito
Kenneth O'Brien
as Walt Bennett

Crew

Taylor Hackford
Director
Gene Kirkwood
Producer
Howard W. Koch
Producer
Adam Holender
Cinematographer
Jeff Barry
Songwriter
Jeff Barry
Composer (Music Score)
Neil Travis
Editor
Arthur Schmidt
Editor
R.J. Louis
Associate Producer
Barbara Krieger
Set Designer
Rita Riggs
Costume Designer
Don MacDougall
Sound/Sound Designer
Buzz Knudson
Sound/Sound Designer
Bob Marcucci
Consultant/advisor
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